Waking up at 2:30 and arriving at work in the middle of the night is a surreal experience, to be sure, but hearing the birds chirping loudly at that hour is nothing short of shocking. Obviously, the days are getting longer, but is that the only reason the birds are up so early in the morning this time of the year? My curiosity got the better of me. I just had to find out.
But why are they chirping in the middle of the night? “Each day, as soon as possible, the males want to make sure that everyone knows that they are alive and well and ready to defend their territory. What is interesting, although it may all sound the same to us, is that there is some evidence suggesting that each bird has its own unique song and other birds know it.”
As for the modern scientific viewpoint, it is devoid of any romantic, religious or aesthetic aspects. It states that the pre-dawn chorus this time of the year signifies the warning signals given by each bird as it announces the re-establishment of its territory for the purpose of courtship, nesting, and food getting. All of these are the fundamental and basic steps to breeding, and the early chorus is just a way to warn other counterparts to keep away from their respective territories.
Now when I hear the birds chirping in the middle of the night, at least I’ll know why. Our weather won't be worth chirping about over the next few days. Tomorrow will be cloudy, milder, and more humid with a few showers. Steadier and heavier rain is expected later Friday into Friday night. However, the rain will taper early Saturday, and the weekend looks generally fair and seasonable.